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American Sign Language (ASL) is the visual-gesture language used primarily among the American deaf communities. Using the immersion method, all teaching is done exclusively in ASL. You will acquire basic vocabulary and grammar by using ASL receptive and expressive skills in class. No prior knowledge of ASL is needed to join!  

Start date: 09/09/17

End date: 10/21/17

Tuition $99.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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This class is a continuation of the first American Sign Language course introducing more vocabulary and moving along with sentence structure.  The first session or two will be a refresher of content learned previously then adding new content from that point expanding your American Sign Language abilities.

Start date: 10/23/17

End date: 12/11/17

Tuition $99.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room : Multiple  Room : 
  112. 
  146.



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Be introduced to the basics of apologetics through a discussion of the thought processes and argumentative techniques of C.S. Lewis' book Mere Christianity. Gain a basic understanding of apologetic processes and techniques that can be applied universally across cultures.

Start date: 07/12/17

End date: 07/12/17

Tuition $29.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Would you like to be able to talk finance with your friends? Do you want to join an investment club but wish you knew the basics of investing? This course will provide you with the understanding of basic investment terminology. Learn about stocks, mutual funds, corporate and government bonds, real estate, and commodities. Instructor has an MBA in Finance with over 20 years of teaching experience.  

Start date: 07/19/17

End date: 08/09/17

Tuition $99.00

Location : Cedar Falls Center Location : 
  Cedar Falls Center.

Room :  112



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Geared for professionals at every stage, this course provides resources and support to re-assess your career trajectory, develop the tools you need to launch yourself into a promotion, a new job or a whole new field. We will start with the basics – career assessments: who are you? what are you interested in? what are you good at? and where do you want to go? Then we will work on some research skills to find those opportunities or create them yourself. Lastly, each participant will craft the tools to take them to the next step – resumes, cover letters and other ways to reach out and cultivate your next career launch. Each participant will be able to customize their work to suit their unique direction and needs. This Career Preparation class is designed for people who are wanting to clarify their career options within a specific field or explore possibilities for a career change. The goal of the class is to help participants learn more about careers that match their interests and become more confident about career planning and strategic career moves. Agenda Unit 1 Skill and values identification Envisioning an “ideal career” Networking and research skills Basics of Job Search strategies Unit 2 Developing the Master Resume Understanding the resume & cover letter Selecting the right approach for networking Understanding informational interviews Unit 3 Draft #1 resume & cover letter Identifying professionals for an interview Social Network profile Unit 4 Final resume & cover letter Interviews & reports Wrap-up & resources

Start date: 07/03/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Negotiation is a key skill for success in business and everyday life. Knowing strategies to clarify what you want and how to prioritize needs will ensure you get more of what’s essential. Having the skills to help others get what they want will improve relationships and increase your odds of success in the future. Work with a pro to learn how to plan, implement and win in the bargaining process. Save time, grow your business network and gain confidence when dealing with even the shrewdest of deal-makers. Invest in these skills now and reap a lifetime of rewards. Agenda Unit 1 Introduction to the Negotiation -Your natural bargaining style and how you can strengthen it -Understanding winning - the hallmarks of a successful negotiation -The steps to planning a successful bargaining process -Knowing your power sources -Balancing firmness and flexibility Unit 2 Option Building and Boundary Setting -Creating goals and priorities in the deal -Creating bargaining boundaries -How to build your options -How to create better options for your opponent, without giving away what you value Unit 3 Managing the Negotiating Process -Managing the process -Managing yourself -Managing the other side -Managing relationships -Managing communication Unit 4 Black Belt Skills -Planning to give more and get more -Developing a BATNA, knowing when to employ it -Crafting the agreements and commitments -Diverting tricky tactics and attempts at dirty dealing

Start date: 07/03/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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NLP is a powerful change management tool that transforms the way people think and act to have the greatest impact both professionally and personally. NLP is one of the most powerful skills used today in business, psychology, sales, and all forms of personal development. Find out how to manage your emotional and psychological states to eliminate fear and anxiety, replace negative behaviors with positive ones, and establish rapport in your personal and professional relationships. Then learn how to model highly successful people and better understand your staff’s and customer’s needs, motivations and behaviors. Agenda Unit 1 Understanding the Main Ideas of NLP · What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming? · The Four Stages of Learning · The NLP Communications Model · The Presuppositions of NLP · The Five Principles of Success · The Prime Directives of the Unconscious Mind Unit 2 Communication and Perception · Developing Sensory Acuity · Establishing Rapport · Matching & Mirroring · Pacing & Leading · Understanding The Doors of Perception Unit 3 Representational Systems · Representational Systems · Favored Representational Systems · Language and Representational Systems · Eye Accessing Cues · Submodalities Unit 4 Modeling · Learning theory · Strategies and Strategy Elicitation . The Recipe for Success

Start date: 07/03/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition $175.00

Location : Online



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Time is even more valuable in this century than in the last. How effective you manage your time and productivity can affect your business and personal life in so many ways. You’ll get tips and techniques you won’t get anywhere else for managing time and increasing productivity. Whether you are managing your own time, or others’ time, come away with proven tips to put into practice on Monday morning. Agenda Unit 1 Time and Productivity Management – Evaluation Time Management Personal Quiz Workday Analysis Exercise Being Busy vs Producing Results Unit 2 Challenges to Time Management and Productivity Distractions and Interruptions Concentration and Focus Stress Management New Technology and Productivity Unit 3 Strategies and Tips to improve Time Management and Productivity Workday Analysis Planning and Prioritizing Techniques and Methods Action Program Unit 4 Managing Your Time, Yourself and Others Goal Setting Self Motivation Time Trackers The 4-Hour Workweek

Start date: 07/03/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Acquire the skills to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features. You will gain both a foundational and advanced understanding of the popular software, and practice the most commonly used methods, such as managing text, working with layers, and image file properties. You will find out the purpose of each photo-editing tool and walk away with the skills to use them. You will even learn what the pros know. Agenda Unit 1 Files -Opening files and creating a new file -File properties: Resolution, mode and canvas vs. size -Saving files: methods and formats -Rulers, guides, and grids -Navigating layers: Create, edit, blend, and mask Unit 2 Basic tools -Brushes, fill, and eraser -Blur, smudge, clone, and heal -Shapes and lines, introduction to vector graphics -Adjustments and adjustment layers Unit 3 Managing text -Creating text: Font properties, alignment and color -Text boxes and paragraph properties -Character properties and spacing -Vertical text and text effects Unit 4 What the pros know -Creating swatches -Some filters are more useful than others -Create your own shapes and brushes -Save time with Photoshop actions

Start date: 07/03/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Stress isn’t the enemy. It is our perceptions of stress that amp our anxiety and use up all our steam. Events happen every day. How we interpret those events can set the stage for how we feel and how we react to others. Reducing stress is as easy as understanding what stress is, understanding what stress is to you, and using that knowledge to restructure your thoughts. Turn stress into a stepping stone, not a stumbling block! Agenda Unit 1 Defining the stress monster -How we *you* appraise stress -How social settings define stress for you -Knowing who is in control Unit 2 How our views or beliefs help or hinder our stress -Irrational beliefs about stress -Gaining control -Knowing what you can handle Unit 3 Positive Psychology -Gratitude -Optimism, even if you are not an optimist -Flow and setting your groove -Mindfulness and being in the present -Pleasure and why you need it Unit 4 Ways to reduce stress - Getting it together with time management -Calling out the troops, your friends -Relaxing and mindful meditation -Laughter and praising yourself

Start date: 08/07/17

End date: 09/01/17

Tuition $145.00

Location : Online



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